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22 November 2012
The Zenith 
by Duong Thu Huong, translated by Stephen Young and Hoa Pham Young.
Viking US, 509 pp., £25, August 2012, 978 0 670 02375 2
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... Minh died in 1991. Most biographies of Ho mention his personal life only in passing. This might seem refreshing, but in Ho’s case the personal is tied to the political. The Vietnamese novelist DuongThuHuong has spent 15 years researching one story in particular, and a gruesome tale it turns out to be. The Zenith interweaves four related stories, but the heart of the novel is a fictionalised ...

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